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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/24/2012

D.C. area forecast: Sitting pretty into Saturday; then an impact from Tropical Storm Sandy?

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly sunny. Near 80 to low 80s. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. Mid-50s to low 60s. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny. 70s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

TODAY'S DAILY DIGIT

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FORECAST IN DETAIL


Our October warm spell peaks today with highs near or pushing past the 80-degree mark. Temperatures may even challenge record highs for the date. We’ll cool off some for tomorrow and Friday, but it’s still warmer than average and quite nice! As we get later in the weekend and into early next week, the forecast depends more and more on the still uncertain track of Tropical Storm Sandy, which is expected to pass near or over Jamaica later today.

Today (Wednesday): The warming trend continues today with mild morning temperatures rising through the 60s and into the 70s, then all the way to near 80 or the low 80s for afternoon highs. The warmth coupled with partly sunny skies and light winds has “outdoor lunch” written all over it. Believe it or not, we may flirt with record highs today (84 at National and Dulles, and 82 at BWI, all occurring in 2001). Confidence: High

Tonight: After a fabulous evening to be out and about with temperatures dropping through the 70s and into the 60s late, overnight lows remain mild - in the mid-50s to low 60s (suburbs to city) under partly cloudy skies. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Thursday): A bit of an onshore flow may knock temperatures down a little on Thursday. But partly to mostly sunny skies should still be enough to get highs into the 70s. All in all, another awesome day awaits. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Same ol’ same ‘ol Thursday night with partly cloudy skies and lows from the mid-50s to low 60s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

High pressure hangs on long enough to finish the work week in style. Friday highs hit the 70s again accompanied by partly sunny skies. Clouds increase Friday night as lows fall to the mid-50s to near 60. Confidence: Medium-High

Much of Saturday looks pretty nice, too. The cloud forecast is an uncertain one with a cold front coming from the west, and what is currently Tropical Storm Sandy likely spinning off the Southeast U.S. coast. But highs in the mid-60s (more clouds) to low 70s (more sun) aren’t bad either way. Can’t rule out an afternoon shower. Confidence: Medium

If you’re looking for a confident forecast for Saturday night through Monday, you’ve come to the wrong place. If you’re looking for an honest forecast, then welcome. Conditions during this time mostly depend on whether Sandy stays out to sea as it moves northward (mostly dry and still mild), tries to graze the coastline and interact with the approaching cold front (a bit cooler with some breezy showers), or makes a move for inland areas (even cooler with possibly heavy rain and strong winds). Models suggest that areas from New Jersey northward into New England have a better chance at seeing significant impacts from Sandy than we do here in the D.C. area. But at this point it’s too early to rule anything out. Confidence:Low

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